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Have Enough Land to Apply Your Manure?
This publication discusses how to determine if you have enough land to apply manure. 2 pp.

How to take a PSNT soil test
This publication describes how to take a Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Soil Test. Sections include timing, priority fields to test, cautions, taking the sample, handling samples, etc. 1 page.

Information Sheet for Field Crops
Information sheet required to accompany soil samples sent in to Michigan State University for testing. 2 pp.

Information Sheet for Urban Clients and Special Crops
Information sheet that is required to accompany soil samples sent in to Michigan State University from urban clients or special crops. 2 pp.

Nitrogen losses from soil

Nitrogen (N) can be lost from the field through three principal pathways: denitrification, leaching and surface volatilization.The form of N a farmer chooses should depend on how serious a problem he has with the above N losses. Cost of N, labor, equipment and power availability are other considerations when choosing a fertilizer source. 2 pp.

Nutrient Status of Your Fields

This publication contains information about soil testing. Sections include how to soil test, optimum soil test range, tables on phosphorus and potassium ranges for various crops, etc. 3 pp.

Nutritional Condition of Michigan Orchards: A Survey of Soil Analyses and Leaf Composition

MSU Extension Service
Michigan State University
Extension Technical Publications TB237

A.L. Kenworthy, Horticulture
Issued  June   1953  31 pages  (Fil. 1) 

Archive copy of bulletin. Do not use for current recommendations. For current recommendations contact your local Extension Office.

Optimizing Sugar Beet Production Through Soil Quality Management

Results of a sugar beet production study whose objectives were:

1. Develop Nitrogen management recommendations that maximize early season vigor,
yield, and quality by accounting for site-specific conditions; specifically by focusing on
soil testing methods. (Laboski)
2. Evaluate the effect of sugar beet cyst nematode (SBCN) trap crops on SBCN population
dynamics, soil quality, and sugar beet yield. (Bird)
3. Determine the most effective fungicide application timing and rate for control of
Rhizoctonia crown and root rot using an empirical model based on the accumulation of
soil disease severity values. (Kirk)
4. Determine how Rhizoctonia infection progresses at the cellular level and how this relates
to future opportunities for genetic intervention in limiting pathogen infection. (McGrath)
5. Demonstrate that timing herbicide application by growing degree days will reduce crop
injury, control weeds, and reduce costs; continue research with Amistar + herbicide
applications. (Sprague)
6. Extend the knowledge gained during the course of this research to sugar beet growers and
those that advise the growers such that beet production practices can be changed to
improve farm profitability. (Poindexter)

4 pp.

Phosphate Fertilizers, N-P-K Fertilizers

Information on phosphate fertilizers and N-P-K fertilizers. 2 pp.

Phosphorus for crop production

Information on phosphorus fertilizers and how they affect crop production. 2 pp.

Potassium for crop production

Information on how potassium in soil affects crop production. 2 pp.

Recommended Chemical Soil Test Procedures for the North Central Region
Overview of soil analysis procedures for the North Central Region. Sections include soil sample preparation, pH and Lime requirement, micronutrients, soil organic matter, etc. Revised. 75 pp.

Sampling Soils for Fertilizer and Lime Recommendations
This publication describes the correct way to sample soils for fertilizer and lime recommendations. Sections include soil sampling tools, sample collection, when to sample and test, etc. 4 pp.

Selecting forms of nitrogen fertilizer

How to select the best form of nitrogen fertilizer for your crop and soil type. 1 page.

Soil Sampling for Variable Rate Fertilizer and Lime Application
Variable rate fertilizer application has become a major component of the fertilizer industry. The technology for its development has progressed in tandem with Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS), the two combining to provide for accurate "on-the-go" variation in fertilizer application. 11 pp.

Soil Testing Procedures

A brief discussion of the soil testing procedures used in the Michigan State University Soil Testing Laboratory. 2 pp.

Soils of Michigan

An in-depth description of the soils found throughout Michigan. Sections include What are soils, How do they differ, Why are their differences important, Properties used in soil classification, Soils of Michigan, Land division, etc. 59 pp.

Map of Michigan soils available here.

Archive copy of bulletin. Do not use for current recommendations.

Testing Soil for No-Cost Nitrogen

Information about how and when to test soil for no-cost nitrogen. 2 pp.

Understanding Soil Phosphorus - An Overview of Phosphorus, Water Quality, and Agricultural Management Practices

This publication provides a brief summary of agricultural management practices available to Wisconsin crop and livestock producers for reducing the impact of phosphorus on water quality while protecting farm profitability. Sections include phosphorus and water quality, sources of phosphorus, the phosphorus cycle, phosphorus transport, etc. 34 pp.

Understanding the MSU Soil Test Report: Results and Recommendations
Guide to interpreting and understanding the results and recommendations of an MSU soil test report.

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